Smart double for Smullen at Curragh
Pat Smullen initiated a quick double at the Curragh when Riyazan ran out a surprise winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.
All the money was for odds-on favourite Nelson, but Michael Halford's 25/1 chance showed up well on debut and streaked clear in the final furlong.
Halford said: "We liked him early in the year but he was just a bit fizzy and we took our time with him. Typical of one of ours, we thought he might need the run first time up and hadn't got him overcooked but he's improved coming to the races."
Smullen then struck in the second race as Kailee emerged victorious from a tight finish.
A whole host of contenders were in with a shout at the furlong pole, but Smullen got Bill Farrell's 3/1 chance up close home and she ran on well to beat Bay Of Skaill by a head.
Brutal, a classy Flat performer for Ger Lyons, made a winning hurdling debut for Gordon Elliott at Cork.
Fifth in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last year, he is still owned by Sheikh Fahad's Qatar Racing and was a first success for Elliott in the maroon silks.
Sent off the 1/2 favourite for a maiden hurdle over two miles, Davy Russell never had an anxious moment in the saddle but Elliott is refusing to get carried away.
"It wasn't the strongest race in the world, but he did what he did and will improve from it and will have to improve going forward," said the County Meath handler.
Meanwhile, Churchill is likely to swerve the Prix Jacques le Marois at at Deauville on Sunday in preference for a trip to York for the the Juddmonte International at York on August 23.